Swing-vote Justice Kennedy retires from US Supreme Court

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Justice Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump nominated early past year to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, was seen as a crucial vote with fellow conservative justices in upholding the travel ban. Such a dramatic ruling may not be immediately likely, but a more conservative court might be more willing to sustain abortion restrictions.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy confirmed Wednesday what had already been long-rumored in Washington, D.C.: his plans to retire.

As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. "Each of the people on the President's list of potential Supreme Court nominees is highly qualified, with a record of fairly applying the law and adhering to the Constitution as it was originally written and ratified", he said.

This week, Kennedy joined the other conservative justices in rulings that upheld the legality of Republican President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations, shut down a key source of revenue for labor unions and blocked a California law regulating Christian-based clinics that counsel women against abortion. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, three years Kennedy's senior, is the oldest justice on the bench now and has vowed to hang on through the Trump administration when people speculate about her retirement. He added that his decision was motivated by the desire to spend more time with his family. Kennedy's departure will allow Trump to shift the court decisively to the right, possibly for a generation, and opens the door to a rollback of access to abortion, gay rights and protections for minorities.

A lower court's nationwide injunction against the policy was voided and the case sent down for further consideration in line with the Supreme Court's decision.

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Both decisions were 5-4.

He penned the Supreme Court's first major gay-rights decision in 1996, protecting LGBT Americans from discrimination. "He deeply disappointed many Americans with his constitutional jurisprudence favoring abortion and same-sex marriage".

Roe v. Wade isn't just embattled at the federal level; state legislators have been chomping at the bit to erode the decision for years. He became the swing vote on the ideologically divided court after fellow centrist conservative Justice Sandra Day O'Connor retired in 2006.

Soon after he was sworn into office in 2017, Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who had died a year earlier.

There is one would-be justice among the federal appeals judges on Trump's shortlist who would scoop the median-voter title from Roberts, at least as measured by Judicial Common Space scores - and that's Thomas Hardiman, a judge who serves on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.